2018 Proposed Bylaws Changes

CNOR® Recommendation

After extensive research and a member survey, the bylaws committee is recommending that CNOR®–and CNOR® only–be a requirement for the AORN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee positions. The proposed change to be voted on by the membership during the 2018 Congress would alter Article VII’s eligibility provisions as shown below.

All RN and retired RN members in good standing are delegates at Congress (including chapter delegates) and all may vote on AORN business. The AORN House of Delegates will vote on these changes during the Second House of Delegates at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24–28, 2018. Approval of these changes requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at the 2018 House of Delegates session.



Section 1: Eligibility

  1. To be eligible for elective office as an officer, a member of the Board of Directors or as a member of the Nominating Committee, a nominee must:

    1. currently provide or have previously provided perioperative nursing care;

    2. hold current CNOR® certification;

    3. have been a member of the Association continuously for two (2) years immediately prior to being nominated; and

    4. must not be an employee of AORN Headquarters.

  2. To be eligible for the office of President-elect or Vice President, a nominee must have served at least one (1) year as a member of the Board of Directors, hold current CNOR certification, and must possess a minimum educational preparation of a BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  3. The members of the Nominating Committee may not be listed as candidates for election on a slate that they have prepared.

The full current AORN bylaws are available here. For background and further information, please review the January 2018 issue of the AORN Journal.